I have to be quite honest and say that our domestic arrangements have gone slightly awry since the kids broke up from school in July but if, like me, you need to have a good old tidy up to get your home ready for autumn, read on because I have some great tips.
Bedtimes have become later and we’ve been surfacing later too. And let’s not talk about the number of pizza boxes I’ve recycled.
If you’re anything like me (i.e. a parent, tired and subject to unprecedented levels of ‘grump’ and shouting), I doubt you’re in the mood to channel Martha Stewart (or even Kim Woodburn – clean that mess up luvvy pleeeease) so here are a few home cleaning hacks from my fellow bloggers to get your home ready for autumn.
No time for a full-on cleaning assault? Try these.
Tips to get your home ready for autumn
Baby wipes are not just for babies
Beth at Twinderelmo.co.uk recommends using baby wipes for everything. For example, you can use them to:-
- wipe the dust off houseplants
- dust surfaces – particularly dusty cistern tops, dodgy taps and sinks
- clean ick off your leather sofa, jacket or handbag
- use them to off loads of things – have little hands been drawing on the walls? Is there something indescribable on the carpet? Give a baby wipe a try.
- remove greasy finger marks off light switches and windows
Soak while the pan is still hot
Victoria at Lyliarose.com suggests tackling the mound of dirty dishes in the sink a bit quicker – even if you have a dishwasher. As soon as you’ve finished with a pan/tray, leave it in hot soapy water to soak or even better, rinse out. This will save lots of scrubbing trying to get dried stuck on food.
If you’re really stuck a drop of biological washing liquid left to soak works a treat too – just make sure you clean the pan really thoroughly before reuse.
Swab down with liquid soap
Rachel at The Daisy Pages, a blog dedicated to simple living, recommends Dr Bronner’s Organic Liquid Soap. She suggests diluting it 5:1 for handwashing and cleaning. It cleans windows, mirrors, worktops, showers, cooker tops etc and smells lovely. There are no nasties and it has a million other uses too. Plus it saves having a multitude of bottles in your cupboards. A bottle lasts ages and there are different fragrances to choose from.
Sprinkle the baking soda
Kate from How To Rock At Parenting (a blog about managing motherhood madness) says it’s amazing what a bit of baking soda can achieve. From cleaning tarnished silver to getting rid of caked-in dirt on dishes and polishing the grout between tiles, it’s her best friend!
Give up and hire a cleaner
If you work at home, like I do, it’s worth considering the money you are potentially losing when you’re cleaning, instead of creating great content, working on your newsletter or revamping your household budget so you can actually afford Christmas.
Many of us won’t hire a cleaner because we feel it’s indulgent and many of us who DO hire a cleaner still clean the house before the professionals turn up in case they are horrified by the mess (go figure!).
Not only this but finding a great cleaner is not always easy. Personal recommendation is the tried and tested route but it can take ages to find the right person.
If you want to compare cleaning companies quickly, try a site such as Bidvine.com, which allows you to quickly specify your house cleaning requirements. You tell them the size of your house, when you’re available, the level of cleaning you want and whether you have pets to allow Bidvine to match you with the right providers. You leave your contact details and wait for bids from competing cleaning companies from which you choose the one that is right for you.
I don’t have a cleaner at present but I am rapidly coming around to the view that, whether you’re a working mum or are running a business from your home, it’s a valid investment – and not a luxury.
Would you hire a cleaner? Have you any great home cleaning hacks to share? How do you get your home ready for autumn?